Stuff That Needs to be Said

I stumbled upon a fascinating blog tonight, after following a link on Facebook. I’d like to introduce you to John Pavlovitz. John writes a blog called, “Stuff That Needs to be Said.” He’s right. This stuff does need to be said. And he says it well.

Here are links to a few of John’s posts:

Yes, I’m a Christian—But I’m Not With Them

The Christians Who Defunded Jesus

The Christians Making Atheists

Christians Need to Stop Saying “The Bible Clearly Says”

No, Christian—People are Not “Struggling With Same-Sex Attraction”

lib·er·al

From the LA Times:

According a Pew Research Poll, last year, a median of 61% held a favorable opinion of the U.S. across France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, compared with 26% who held unfavorable views. Since Trump, who has held office for five months, opinion in these countries was 46% positive to 52% negative. The change marked the first time since the final year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008 that the public in these European countries has expressed more unfavorable than favorable views of the U.S., the survey found. [source]

Thereby proving that regardless of who is in the White House, the civilized world thinks that conservative politics are wrong headed.

lib·er·al

favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
synonyms: tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, open-minded, enlightened

If by a “Liberal,” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties – someone who believes that we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say that I’m a “Liberal…”

Our responsibility is not discharged by an announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons, that liberalism is our best and our only hope in the world today. For the liberal society is a free society, and it is at the same time and for that reason a strong society. Its strength is drawn from the will of free people committed to great ends and peacefully striving to meet them. Only liberalism, in short, can repair our national power, restore our national purpose, and liberate our national energies. And the only basic issue in the 1960 presidential campaign is whether our Government will fall in a conservative rut and die there, or whether we will move ahead in the liberal spirit of daring, of breaking new ground, of doing in our generation what Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson did in their time of influence and responsibility.

— Address of John F. Kennedy upon Accepting the Liberal Party Nomination for President, New York, New York, September 14, 1960 [source]

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Wanting It Isn’t Enough – Do Something

by George Baxter-Holder

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Do you ever wake up in the morning with big plans for the day? I am going to get some writing done and exercise, take the dogs for a walk, go visit a friend, write a letter, water the garden and THEN watch some TV. Only to find yourself having accomplished exactly nothing from your list as you sit in front of the TV mindlessly getting “entertained.” Then in a flash of remembrance during some Cialis commercial you recall all of the things you meant to do but didn’t and then you take the opportunity to mentally berate yourself for having failed, not just today but EVERYDAY.

I might be the only person who does this but in case I am not, here is where I went wrong…I turned on the TV instead of the computer, the treadmill, the car, or the water. I sat on the couch instead of walking the dogs or writing a letter. It is all about the actions I took and the ones that I did not take. It is all about action! Even as I write this I realize that when I am done I have a choice to sit on the couch or put on my running shoes. I guess the point is that the choice is mine, the actions are mine, and the outcomes are mine.

So who is berating whom? Perhaps at some level I want to be called a failure and without anyone else around I have to do the deed myself. That just sounds ludicrous. Who WANTS to be called a failure? Again, it is action that speaks louder than desire. If I am telling myself that I am a failure, then I am desiring it. This is where it can stop. Do you truly want success? Do you want to be loving, kind, compassionate? Do you want to be accepted, loved and included? Then stop taking actions to the contrary.

Today, I recognize that my actions dictate my true desires. I realize that I have the responsibility for how I show up in the world and I get to show the world how I want to be treated. I Love boldly. I boldly get Love back. When I show compassion, I feel compassion from others. There is a divine circulation to all things in this Universal Law. What I desire I show to others, Now. I AM Love, Peace, Compassion and Trust in this moment.

George Baxter is an actor who played David in the Star Trek: The Next Generation 2nd season episode “Unnatural Selection”. I met David at a Star Trek convention recently. He is promoting his book and his medical practice. I signed up for his mailing list, and the post above is the first I received. I thought it worthy of sharing.

Learn more about “Doc George” at his website: georgebaxter-holder.com

The Red Cross and the Geneva Convention

I found this article fascinating. It doesn’t quit fit on my prayer blog, so I’ll stick it here among my general interest raves…

Christian Businessman Founded the Red Cross

Dan Graves, MSL

Swiss-born Henry Dunant needed water rights for a business venture in French-controlled Algeria. The person who could get him those rights was Napoleon III. The only problem was, Napoleon III was on the battlefield in Italy. Dunant did not let that deter him, but set out for Napoleon’s headquarters at Solferino in Northern Italy. Thanks to that bold venture, this Christian-influenced businessman became the first person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

He arrived in Solferino in time to witness one of the bloodiest battles of the 19th century. About 40,000 men died in the fighting on June 24, 1859, and another 40,000 perished afterwards because of inadequate medical care.

Henri Dunant had been reared in active Christian faith. His father was involved in social work and Dunant himself had labored for the Swiss arm of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). He was a man of action. Appalled by the suffering he witnessed at Solferino, he immediately organized the local peasants to gather the wounded and care for them in homes and churches. Had he not done so, even more may have died. He persuaded Napoleon III to issue an order freeing doctors and surgeons attached to the Austrian armies. But more was needed.

Dunant saw that modern weapons would kill increasing numbers of men. Something had to be done. He wrote a book titled A Memory of Solferino. In it he called all nations to set up commissions to deal with war casualties. Everyone who could should be trained to care for the wounded. His idea sparked interest. In 1863 a committee of five, including Dunant, met in Geneva to see if his plan could be implemented. It called for a conference. This was also held in Geneva. On this day, October 29, 1863, the conferees founded the International Red Cross (not yet called by that name). The following year, the concerned committee drew up the Geneva Convention.

Dunant never got his water rights. As a consequence, his business failed. Genevans lost money through him and shunned him. He was accused of homosexuality and died obscure and impoverished in a hospice, bitter and refusing to spend the international awards that showered upon him.

Source

Note to Self: Jim McGreevy

This piece from CBS This Morning is worth sharing. I am not particularly a fan of the former Governor of New Jersey, but his message to himself, his message to the world, his message to those struggling with their own sexual identity, is uplifting and important.

>>> http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50143598n <<<

“Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy — who resigned after admitting to a gay, extramarital affair — reflects on his life’s journey and gives advice to his younger self in our ongoing series, ‘Note to Self.'”